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S. Korean Citizens to Push for Dog Meat Farm Ban

S. Korean Citizens to Push for Dog Meat Farm Ban

SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — No longer do the majority of Koreans think it acceptable for dogs to be considered a dinner option. Two recent occasions in Yangypyeong District exemplify this change. In March, local residents united to protest a dog meat farm that was to be built within their community. A separate area [...]

Seoul Debates Higher Taxes on E-cigarettes

Seoul Debates Higher Taxes on E-cigarettes

SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government finds itself embroiled in a debate over the taxation of electronic cigarettes, following a motion filed earlier this month by Rep. Kim Kwang Lim calling for increased taxes on the popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. Current taxation policy is different for e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes, [...]

South Korea to Introduce Sunshine Laws to Tackle Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry

South Korea to Introduce Sunshine Laws to Tackle Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is introducing new legislation in its fight against corruption, including regulations that will require pharmaceutical companies to divulge payments made to doctors and pharmacists starting next year. Under the new health care reform, pharmaceutical companies that offer financial compensation to medical staff are required to keep [...]

Gov’t Not Planning to Raise Diesel Prices to Combat Fine Dust: Finance Ministry

Gov’t Not Planning to Raise Diesel Prices to Combat Fine Dust: Finance Ministry

SEJONG, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has no plan to raise diesel prices in the near future as it tries to reduce fine dust levels in the air, the finance ministry said Monday. “We’ve considered many scenarios related to tax rate hikes for diesel, but all have been found to be [...]

Shakeup in Dog Farming Industry After Abhorrent Breeding Practices Come to Light

Shakeup in Dog Farming Industry After Abhorrent Breeding Practices Come to Light

SEOUL, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Last year, a TV exposé on the breeding practices of an anonymous dog farm sparked a firestorm of public outrage, with veterinarians’ associations and animal rights groups leading the call for the government to take action. In the report, the dog farm was revealed to have increased pregnancy rates [...]

Government to Introduce Housework Vouchers for Working Moms in 2019

Government to Introduce Housework Vouchers for Working Moms in 2019

SEOUL, Jun. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) has announced plans to introduce housework vouchers in the hopes of reducing the burden of childcare on working mothers. The housework vouchers, which are modeled after similar policies implemented in Europe, are set to be introduced as early as 2019 after lawmakers [...]

Are South Koreans Paying Too Much for Their Mobile Phone Plans?

Are South Koreans Paying Too Much for Their Mobile Phone Plans?

SEOUL, Jun. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — When it comes to cell phone bills in South Korea, the overwhelming public sentiment is that people think they are paying too much at the moment. The row between the government and telecom companies over efforts to reduce phone bills in recent years mirrors the frustration very palpable in a [...]

Over 1 Million Dogs Being Raised for Food in Appalling Conditions

Over 1 Million Dogs Being Raised for Food in Appalling Conditions

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — On June 22, Rep. Lee Jung Mi of the Justice Party and animal rights activist group Kara held a press conference at the National Assembly in Yeouido to publicly disclose the state of dog meat farms in Korea. Beginning in August of last year, an investigation into the general [...]